internet governance

AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy
AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy 26 September 2019 APCNews

As a technical person, I found the week-long school essential to having a good understanding of the governance side of the internet, which is different from running networks or conducting research on them. Topics related to digital rights, affordable internet access, internet history in Africa, sustainability, internet-related human rights, women and minorities’ participation, etc., were all covered, in addition to a number of other panel discussions and lectures.

The importance of the African Internet Governance Forum
The importance of the African Internet Governance Forum 25 September 2019 Amanda Manyame

The multistakeholder model affords the AfIGF an opportunity to engage a variety of topics and issues that affect and impact citizens, governments, the private sector and end-users of the internet at their various levels. It is not just a talk shop, it is an opportunity to listen and to be heard, and to continue the discussion within the various stakeholder groups, nationally, regionally and globally.

Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa
Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa 25 September 2019 APCNews

How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users?  These are some of the issues that Josephine Miliza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective.

Internet governance in 2018: From regional forums and schools, to internet universality indicators and deep looks at the information society
Internet governance in 2018: From regional forums and schools, to internet universality indicators and deep looks at the information society 19 September 2019

Internet-related and ICT policy processes protect the publicness of the internet and are accessible, democratic, transparent, accountable and inclusive. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018.

Seventh African School on Internet Governance to take place in N'Djamena, Chad, on 4-9 September
Seventh African School on Internet Governance to take place in N'Djamena, Chad, on 4-9 September 29 August 2019

AfriSIG 2019 will bring together 60 participants from 26 countries and help them develop the skills to participate in local, regional and international internet governance processes and shape the future of the internet landscape for Africa's development.

APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance
APC at APrIGF: Highlighting the importance of a human rights-based approach to internet governance 07 August 2019 APCNews

APC and its members played a key role at this year's Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) in Vladivostok, Russia, organising, moderating and speaking at a range of plenary sessions and workshops throughout the event.

Meet the AfriSIG alumni in the outgoing Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group
Meet the AfriSIG alumni in the outgoing Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group 05 August 2019 Koliwe Majama

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) aims to develop the leadership skills of Africans from diverse sectors and backgrounds to enable them to effectively participate in local, regional and international internet governance structures.

Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance
Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance 17 July 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Over recent years, APC has worked to increase the capacity of civil society actors, particularly from the global South, to contribute to and influence internet governance processes. This overview looks at the APC community’s contributions to more effective and inclusive governance in 2018.

Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond
Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond 03 June 2019 Koliwe Majama

As an internet rights activist based in the global South, I often find myself musing over whether access to a safe, free and open internet is possible. This is why, for me, the highlight of the Stockholm Internet Forum this year was the focus on the status of democracy in a digital era.

Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South
Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South 10 March 2019 APCNews

The panel reflected on the development of legislation and case law related to cyberspace in the global South and their implications for the future of human rights online.

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